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It is a very good travel BCD. I had one but I sold it. XDeep makes very good gear. Yes the waist strap is high but was a non issue for me. As a photographer, i found that I could put myself in any position and not move.
I was looking at sidemount for my configurationf or both home and travel. I would have kept it for my wife or daughter. Now when I travel, I take my SS BP and STA which in a 5 mil, AL80, I don't need any additional weight. Kind of convenient for shore diving in places like Maui to not have to rent weights. But that's just me.
Very happy with my XDeep Zen. Single tank BP/W setup that can also switch to doubles with a change of the wing for a doubles if you want to go that route. The aluminum plate is travel friendly. Only thing you would need to add would be weight pouches. Although, while in Florida in a rashguard with a steel tank I was running without any additional weight. The Dive Rite pouches look nice and seem well regarded. XDeep also has some in varying sizes of a simpler design. For tropical with thin 3mm you could probably just use an inexpensive pair of XS Scuba trim weight pouches on the waist band and held in place with a couple belt slides. A 7mm with in Cali though and you'll probably want larger pouches.